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Sheep and Horse Roundup Season Begins in Iceland

The season during which sheep and horses are herded down to the valleys from highland pastures, rounded up and sorted in special sheepfolds, which is known as réttir in Icelandic, begins on Saturday.


Sheep round-up in 2007. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

This annual event on the calendar of Icelandic farmers is often awaited with some anticipation and afterwards celebrated with good food and drink, song and dance. It has also become a popular event among laymen who like to observe the spectacle.

The first sheep roundups will take place in north Iceland, Eyjafjördur, Skagafjördur and the Húnavatnssýsla counties. On the same day, the first horse roundup is scheduled in Midfjardarrétt in Midfjördur. Roundups will take place until October, reports.

For further information on dates and locations, go to the website of the Icelandic Farmers’ Association.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow from réttir.


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